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Britain’s David Cameron becomes Prime Minister

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Britain’s David Cameron becomes Prime Minister

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

••• Conservative leader David Cameron has become Britain’s youngest prime minister in almost 200 years, after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government.

Cameron said on Tuesday that he aims to form a full coalition government with the third-place Liberal Democrats after his Conservative Party won the most seats but did not get a majority in Britain national election last week.

The 43-year-old leader said it would be ‘hard and difficult work’ to govern as a coalition but added that Britain had serious economic issues to tackle.

This is going to be hard and difficult work.
Prime Minister David Cameron outside Downing Street

Cameron visited Buckingham Palace and was asked to form a government by the Queen.

Earlier Gordon Brown tendered his resignation to the Queen and recommended that Conservative leader David Cameron replace him as premier.

‘I’ve informed the Queen’s private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen,’ he said in an emotional statement outside Downing Street alongside his wife Sarah.

‘In the event that the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the leader of the opposition to seek to form a government.

‘I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future.’

The United States has no closer friend and ally than the United Kingdom.
President Obama was one of the first leaders to congratulate Mr Cameron

He added it had been a ‘privilege to serve’ the country and wished Cameron well.

‘Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good,’ Brown said.

‘I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature and a fair amount too about its frailties – including my own.’

He also paid a glowing tribute to Britain’s armed forces, which are currently serving in Afghanistan.

Brown was then driven to Buckingham Palace where he is expected formally to tender his resignation to the Queen.

Brown’s Labour came second in Britain’s general election on Thursday which resulted in no clear majority for one party for the first time since 1974, triggering days of negotiations.

Brown said on Monday he was stepping down as Labour leader but Tuesday’s announcement brings the final curtain down on his political career at the highest level.
• Source(s): Sky News / Australian News Channel Pty Ltd. & British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. (BSkyB) / News Corp.
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